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Poster: Daddy D Date: Oct 23, 2010 1:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Widespread Panic

I saw WSP a couple of times in late 80's/early 90s when I was going to school in Atlanta. They def. could rock it out.

Saw PHISH around this same time at the Cotton Club in Atlanta--there probably weren't more than a 100 or so people in the club. I wasn't too familiar with their music at the time, but they ripped through a Led Zep tune (Black Dog?) & I remember thinking to myself "Who the hell is THIS guy??" Yea, Trey is pretty much a guitar Jedi.

That said, much like a lot of my friends & family just don't "get it" when it comes to the Dead, I've never "gotten it" when it comes to PHISH. Obviously they're extremely talented musicians, but their songs are far too quirky & nonsensical for my taste. But you asked about WSP:

I hadn't seen them in nearly 20 year, but saw all three shows at Red Rocks a few months ago. Are they as good as the Dead? LOL Well for me of course not, but quite frankly I don't ever expect another band to come along that will be on par with The Grateful Dead.

That said, WSP rocked, & Herring is (IMO) the perfect guitarist for their sound. I like him much MUCH better with WSP than I did when he was playing with Phil/Futher/Other Ones (or whatever version of the band it was that he played with).